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Haylie SILVER, Minneola, Florida
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Haylie SILVER replied...
on Oct. 16 2009 at 3:03 pm
Well, sometimes when I have writer's block, I write a story (Or whatever you prefer) about a family tradition or somethign you enjoy doign with friends/family!

Once, I wrote about our Christmas tradition of making cookies at my grandmothers1 I wrote a quick story and gave it to her. She cried, happily though!

Fredwardness SILVER, Romeo, Michigan
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Fredwardness SILVER replied...
on Oct. 17 2009 at 1:47 pm
find things that interest u,when i write i sometimes i hav a character witha mohawk just cuz, if u no me, i luv mohawks.


DarkPhoenix BRONZE, Liverpool, Other
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DarkPhoenix BRONZE replied...
on Oct. 17 2009 at 4:18 pm
What you coul do is write a small paragraph about something random that has happened to you during the day, i have been doing that lately and a few good ideas have come to me by doing that. Just listen to the comments that your friends say, or even something that you have heard during the day which you have considered to be quite unusual.

Hope it helps :D

Callaghan PLATINUM, Medford, Massachusetts
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I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.
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Callaghan PLATINUM replied...
on Oct. 18 2009 at 6:46 pm
Maybe you need new inspiration. Look for something around you or try writing something you wouldn't normally write. you might find something new to try.

SilverAngel SILVER, West Carollton, Ohio
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SilverAngel SILVER replied...
on Oct. 18 2009 at 8:32 pm
Yeah! Like one of mine was about introducing a new student to your school and we had to write about the great things about our school...ummmm?

FlamableFyre DIAMOND, Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
I don't have ambitions or desires.
Being a poet isn't my ambition,
it's my way of being alone.
~ Fernando Pessoa ~

on Oct. 19 2009 at 5:55 pm
lol, ya once for a standardized test we had to write about our fav insect..but it was kinda funny ciz someone wrote about a bird!!!! but whatever it was still cheesy and once we had to tell a story aabout a baby...without saying it was a baby. it was creepish

FlamableFyre DIAMOND, Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
I don't have ambitions or desires.
Being a poet isn't my ambition,
it's my way of being alone.
~ Fernando Pessoa ~

on Oct. 19 2009 at 5:55 pm




Rayne replied...
on Nov. 3 2009 at 9:26 am
Wow. That sounds... intresting haha :] Just got done we the Standerized Test. >_> Stupid thing. We had to write a letter to new freshman on "Why They Should Go Out For Extra-Curricular Activities" Stupid...


Writedancelove&live GOLD, Redding, California
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on Nov. 3 2009 at 6:39 pm
Yeah I just look around. Or if something happened to me, I'll write about that, but I usually make it way more dramatic. Or just draw it out more that way it doesnt seem like i'm writing about what had happened, just so people dont know.

And uhm, Please check out my stuff. I don't have too much up yet, cause i'm a newb here, but I would love it if you could : )

MyKaleidoscopeWorld GOLD, Haymarket, Virginia
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on Nov. 5 2009 at 4:02 pm
Trust me when I say that coming up with ideas when your stuck isn't hard. This is what I do.

First set a a timer to 10-15 minutes. Have a piece of paper and a pencil in front of you. For the next 15 minutes write down the first words and/or images that pop in your head. Don't think about it just write it all down. Forget spelling and changing things up. This is just to help clear your head for the next step.

After the 15 minutes is up look at your paper and examine what you worte. Do you get any ideas when you look at a certain word? Maybe a story will pop in your head. If nothing gives you that inspiration take a break and try it again later when you've cleared your head of the stress.

Hope this helps you.

fortheloveofwriting GOLD, A Place, Oklahoma
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A man's ways are his own, but the LORD weighs the heart.

on Nov. 6 2009 at 1:29 pm
I know the bookstore has a 'writers toolbox' that gives ideas, and I have a 'inspirational muse' book that's very helpful!

Hope I helped!

ninja_warrior SILVER, Thorold, Other
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on Nov. 8 2009 at 7:09 pm
I had a serious case of writters block. I find for writing fiction the best way is to read substantial novels (Lord of the Flies and Catcher and the Rye were my favorites.) You could also watch movies with a well devloped plot (I enjoyedThe Changeling) Look for plot, characters, setting, and atmoshpere. It'll help you get a new idea

FlamableFyre DIAMOND, Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
I don't have ambitions or desires.
Being a poet isn't my ambition,
it's my way of being alone.
~ Fernando Pessoa ~

on Nov. 8 2009 at 7:41 pm
wow thanks great advice

AmandaL BRONZE, Newton, Massachusetts
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AmandaL BRONZE replied...
on Nov. 11 2009 at 10:56 am
Many [good] songs have stories woven into them. If you listen hard enough, and find them, you can extract them carefully and subtly steal them. Obviously, don't take Taylor Swift's "Love Story" and just make it into a book format (and I'm not suggesting that it's a good song). But look for deeper meanings and themes within songs. Good songwriters know how to capture emotion, tone, perspective, and mood in their poetry that you can mimic in a story.

If that doesn't work (or if you don't know any good artists), you can always just create a bunch of random personalities and stick them in a room together. See how they interact--what they say to, do to, and think about one another. That's what a story generally is: different characters all stuck in one situation.

Movies (in terms of timeline) work pretty well for long novels, and single episodes of a television series work great for short story inspiration. Also, I get a lot ideas from watching "South Park" (seriously) because the writers know how to move forward a plot and develop characters in only a few minutes (since each episode is squeezed into twenty-one minutes).

Another thing you can try is creating just one character and let him (or her) talk to you. Just sit down and let him talk through your keyboard, and see what he says. It can be a ramble about absolutely nothing (this, in its most naked form, is known as a "free-write" haha), or it may actually turn into a stirring soliloquy that keeps even YOU wondering what's going on in this person's head. Once you have a bunch of unanswered questions, you begin answering them slowly. What I do at this stage is literally just type a bunch of questions. (Example: Why am I here? Did I choose to be here? Whom am I running away from? Or am I trying to find someone? A sister? A brother? Am I an only child?) From there, just by asking your character these questions, they slowly answer themselves. By the nature of the character's voice, "he" will answer them as he sees fit, and, if you're really good/lucky, you can just take everything that "he" says, not have to think about anything else, and just start writing for real.

I think that last suggestion mostly works for people who write better in first person (like me...how did you guess), but I think it could still be helpful regardless of POV.


I agree with abcdefghijklmnop up there (about Catcher in the Rye and Lord of the Flies and "The Changeling"). Those are my favorites as well.

FlamableFyre DIAMOND, Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
I don't have ambitions or desires.
Being a poet isn't my ambition,
it's my way of being alone.
~ Fernando Pessoa ~

on Nov. 11 2009 at 3:01 pm
wow thanks a lot!!!!!! :)

october.blue SILVER, Mountain View, California
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“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the

october.blue SILVER replied...
on Nov. 11 2009 at 8:31 pm
oo, oo! Here's some things that usually help me when I'm stumped in my writing:

1) Read some short ideas that others have. It gets me excited to think up my own, and I can quickly come up with something new to add to my own stories.

2) Take a break for a while. When you come back to your story, re-read it and you'll fall in love all over again. The ideas flow~....sometimes (haha)

3)Write free! Don't stick to the story, just write what you think your characters will do! I always get some new ideas with this tactic.

4) Dreams. Dreams definitely help. Annabelle has it straight on. Think and rethink any of your old dreams. xDD Inspiration will definitely strike you.

Haha, the amazing thing about writing is that the world you make is something not many others can go to. Which actually is kinda sad, because the world I live with my stories is uber cool~

corbin SILVER, Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
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corbin SILVER replied...
on Nov. 12 2009 at 5:08 pm
i found that lyrics inspire me, but i have to be listening to them.. not reading them. haha and also watching other people: how they act towards eachother, how they react and just general mannerisms inspire me. like they way a guy will look at his girlfriend, or th way someone will look down if they get shy, try it people can be veryyyy inspiring (:

corbin SILVER, Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
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corbin SILVER replied...
on Nov. 12 2009 at 5:09 pm
i love catcher in the rye!!!

AnneOnnimous BRONZE, Peterborough Ontario, Other
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— John Green

AnneOnnimous BRONZE replied...
on Nov. 12 2009 at 6:21 pm
I just recovered from a year-long bout of writers block, and trust me, it's the greatest feeling when u can write again!! But I recommend making list of story/poem ideas in case of writers block, and if uve got it, just write about anything. Grit ur teeth and write, even if u cant make anything good, and it might help

melone96, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
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melone96 replied...
on Nov. 23 2009 at 6:00 pm
if i get really emotional or have this strong emotion that i'm feeling one day i take that and use it to write something. mostly its poems but sometimes i write a short story out of it. or if something interesting or exciting just happened i write about that. or i take something boring and stupid and twist it all around and change it to something amazing! just some ideas...good luck!